July 26, 2013
Last week (July 15-19), EGPAF hosted four journalists in Turkana, Kenya—the country’s largest county, widely known for its vast natural resources. Located in northern Kenya and bordering South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia, Turkana County recently shot to fame after the discovery of substantial deposits of oil. Unfortunately, the county also has one of the lowest health rankings in Kenya and the sixth-highest HIV rate out of all 47 counties. During our visit, the journalists received a firsthand account of how people living with HIV in Turkana cope with the virus while facing other challenges, such as food scarcity and hunger.
July 25, 2013
Leading the field in health care innovation, clinics in Lusaka, Zambia have embraced the "SmartCare Card," a thin plastic card that is revolutionizing the way clinicians and health care workers manage a patient’s medical records. Reporter Zoe Fox wrote about the new program in a piece for Mashable this week.
July 24, 2013
At a health center in Kenya's Migori County, a government-led project with support from partners, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), has helped revamp community outreach practices and collect more accurate information to improve the health outcomes of the entire surrounding community.
July 24, 2013
On July 17, the Swaziland Ministry of Health (MOH), in collaboration with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), hosted an advocacy event in Ezulwini to highlight Swaziland’s efforts to eliminate mother-to-child-transmission of HIV by 2015. The main purpose of the event was to galvanize politicians, civil society, faith-based organizations, church forums, donors, implementing partners, and communities to support the government’s pediatric HIV elimination goals.
July 23, 2013
As the doors shut on the Abuja+12 Special Summit held last week in Abuja, Nigeria, African leaders stressed that they have made progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria on the continent through political support and continued commitment by African leadership.
July 23, 2013
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has been committed to the fight to eliminate pediatric HIV for 25 years. In honor of this landmark, EGPAF is partnering with ONE, an organization inspiring others to take action against extreme poverty around the world. Together, we hope to increase awareness around EGPAF's lifesaving work and the global fight against pediatric AIDS.
July 22, 2013
On a trip to Kenya last week, I had the honor of meeting with Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. Madame Kenyatta had just returned from the 12th annual Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) Extraordinary General Assembly meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she spoke eloquently on the fight to end the global AIDS epidemic and to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals.
July 19, 2013
This week, we're understanding more about HIV care in the United States, learning about how EGPAF is using data to help patients stay in treatment, exploring the connection between AIDS and development issues, and reading about potential obstacles for male circumcision in Africa.
July 19, 2013
On Thursday, leading researchers, including EGPAF Vice President for Research Dr. Laura Guay and global health experts, met to share with an audience of Senate staffers and nongovernmental organizations the latest information on the science behind eliminating HIV. Organized by EGPAF, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and the Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR), "Where are we in ending the AIDS Epidemic?: An Update on the Science" provided a thorough overview of the current state of the AIDS pandemic, from pediatric HIV to male circumcision to vulnerable populations most affected by the virus.
July 17, 2013
Despite the many challenges facing the continent, Africa is poised to be "for better or worse … more important than ever" over the coming decades. That news comes from the United Nations Population Division, which tracks demographics and released its revised projections for the next 90 years earlier this week.